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The Lives They Left Behind: In 1995, Willard Psychiatric Center closed. In the attic of an abandoned building, hundreds of suitcases were discovered – all of them belonging to former patients who had been at Willard. And, as the presence of the suitcases suggests, never left.

In Willard Psychiatric Center closed. In the attic of an abandoned building, hundreds of suitcases were discovered - all of them belonging to former patients who had been at Willard.

ca. 1875-85, [portrait of psychiatric patient]    via Luminous Lint, Private collection of John Toohey

[portrait of psychiatric patient] via Luminous Lint, Private collection of John Toohey

Victorian Mental Patient photo by Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond

Victorian Mental Patient photo by Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond

The records, currently being held in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, detail hundreds of former patients of ther Stanley Royd Hospital - part of the West Riding Pauper Asylum.

The woman who thought she was 'queen of heaven', the pensioner who jumped in a canal and a boy called broken window: Stories from Victorian insane asylum revealed as its records are given global heritage status

The records, currently being held in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, detail hundreds of former patients of ther Stanley Royd Hospital - part of the West Riding Pauper Asylum.

Nella soffitta di un ex ospedale: valigie e lettere dal passato.   PHOTO: Jon Crispin  Willard Psychiatric Center,  ex ospedale psichiatrico aperto nel 1869 nello Stato di New York e chiuso nel 1995. Nella soffitta dell'edificio sono state ritrovate oltre 400 valigie appartenenti agli ex pazienti, custodite e oggi parte integrante della collezione del New York State Museum. Dal 2011 Crispin ha avuto accesso agli oggetti e potuto documentarne la sopravvivenza attraverso le fotografie.

Nella soffitta di un ex ospedale: valigie e lettere dal passato

Jon Crispin is raising funds for Willard Suitcases: Unpacking The Rest on Kickstarter! I will be finishing my photographic documentation of the Willard Asylum Suitcase Collection.

Unknown photographer, Elizabeth Tappenden, British insane asylum patient, 1875

Elizabeth Tappenden: Records from an unidentified British insane asylum exemplify the century’s varied uses of the medium as a means of diagnosis, surveillance, and social control.

These old suitcases were recently discovered in the attic of the Willard Insane Asylum. They belonged to mentally ill patients from 1910-1960 who never left the facility. When it shut down in 1995, photographer, Jon Crispin, has been revealing the contents of approximately 400 suitcases one by one

a little creepy but oh so fascinating- The Willard suitcases belonged to mentally ill patients from who never left the facility. When it shut down in photographer, Jon Crispin, has been revealing the contents of approximately 400 suitcases one by one.

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Circa 1890. Pioneer Women. I LOVE these ladies! Too cute!

Cabinet Card: Two Anonymous Women [Sisters?] Lead, South Dakota, Photograph By Miss Kemp. These two woman are probably in mourning dress. Elderly widows often remained in mourning for the rest of their lifes.

These Creepy Photos Of Old Mental Asylums Are Shocking And Tragic - ALLDAY

Anorexia in the century - and century psychiatry: 22 rare photos - Pictures - CBS News

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